Ram Rahim found guilty of rape, big test for Haryana govt as violence by followers feared

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A special CBI court in Panchkula has convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case filed against him 15 years ago. He has been sentenced to jail for 7 years.

A special CBI court in Panchkula has convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case filed against him 15 years ago. He has been sentenced to jail for 7 years.

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  • Verdict is being read out inside courtroom.
  • Proceedings begin in special CBI court in Panchkula.
  • Court asks police to file FIR against any politician who try to interfere in police duty.
  • Court asks police to use full force if Dera supporters try to enter court premises in Panchkula.
  • Haryana and Punjab High Court issues fresh directives to administration to maintain law and order.
  • We are ready to handle any situation arising out of court’s verdict in Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape case, says CM Khattar.
  • Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar appeals Dera supporters to maintain peace.
  • Security deployed for verdict, CRPF: 97 companies; Rapid Action Force: 16; Sashastra Seema Bal: 37;  ITBP: 12; BSF 21; Standby: 10
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim reaches Panchkula court.
  • Internet services suspended for 48 hours and Section 144 imposed in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in the light of expected verdict in a rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim to reach Panchkula court shortly.
  • Ram Rahim’s convoy reaches Chandigarh.
  • The high court reprimands Haryana government for laxity in dealing with the situation.
  • Ensure Gurmeet Ram Rahim appears before court today: Punjab and Haryana High Court tells Haryana government.
  • Hydraulic cranes deployed at Panchkula court.
  • Helicopters deployed for surveillance. Panchkula administration plan to press drone into service for surveillance before court proceedings start.
  • Scuffle between Dera supporters and police in Ambala as they are evicted from National Highway
  • We are fully prepared, Army is on standby, if situation arises,  Army will conduct flag march: DGP Haryana BS Sandhu.
  • No deployment at Panchkula, but on standby. Please do not construe it as deployment: Army.
  • Three vehicles from Ram Rahim’s convoy collided with each other on highway near Narwana, no injuries reported.
  • Dera followers fainted as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s convoy passed in Sirsa.
  • We have apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the developments: MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir.
  • The home ministry is monitoring the situation in both Haryana and Punjab: MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir.
  • Eighteen trains has been cancelled from Jammu, Katra and Udhampur railway stations.
  • Ram Rahim headed to Panchkula in a convoy of over 700 cars. Five identical black colour vehicles in the convoy.
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim leaves for Panchkula court from Dera headquarters in Sirsa.
    • 74 trains have been cancelled for today in the view of law and order situation in Haryana ahead of verdict.
    • Fearing trouble, especially if the verdict goes against the controversial Dera chief, thousands of jawans, including 15,000 paramilitary troops, have been deployed in sensitive areas across Punjab and Haryana.
    • “Police carried out flag march outside Dera headquarters, led by top officials. Security has been beefed up to maintain law and order in the district,” he added.
    • “Two companies of Army from Hisar district have been called out to maintain law and order in Sirsa,” a top police officer said.
    • The move comes hours before the verdict by a CBI court in Panchkula where the sect chief will appear in connection with the case today.
    • The Army was called out in Sirsa today, ahead of a court verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, even as security was tightened, with senior police personnel carrying out a flag march outside the the sect headquarters here.
    • The Army is on standby in Sirsa, home to Ram Rahim’s headquarters since Thursday evening. Army was also deployed in Panchkula, where the CBI will anounce its verdict today. A curfew has been imposed in Sirsa and three neighbouring villages.
    • SP Panchkula said Ram Rahim will be airlifted to Panchkula from Sirsa since bringing him via road may lead to clashes between hardliner Sikhs and Dera followers.
    • Centre has sent 15,000 paramilitary troops to add to the security arrangements in Haryana and Punjab.
    • Over 5,000 supporters who were camping near the CBI court were removed and an area of 1-km radius around the court premises has been sanitised.
    • On Thursday evening, mobile internet services were restricted in Haryana, however mobile service providers sent out a message late into the night that services won’t be affected. Even the police in Gurgaon tweeted that the satellite city, where top international firms have large offices, will not be affected.

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